Stepped Up US Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port
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Stepped Up US Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port

The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration’s exemption of the port of Chabahar from sanctions against the Islamic republic would help it tighten economic relations with Central Asia and further…

Trump Is Leaving Behind a Trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria
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Trump Is Leaving Behind a Trap for Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria

The US executive order of withdrawal from Syria has been signed off on, indicating that President Trump is determined to recall the few thousands US troops in Syria back home. It is well known that regular troops are much more vulnerable during withdrawal operations than in combat or deployment positions. Accordingly, the withdrawal, which seems to…

Mattis Is Out, and Blackwater Is Back: ‘We Are Coming’
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Mattis Is Out, and Blackwater Is Back: ‘We Are Coming’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is out. Mattis’ resignation comes amid news that President Donald Trump has directed the drawdown of 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria, and 7,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. official confirmed to Military Times, a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This month, in the January/February print issue of the gun…

Syria Withdrawal Enrages the Chickenhawks
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Syria Withdrawal Enrages the Chickenhawks

President Donald Trump’s order to withdraw from Syria has been greeted, predictably, with an avalanche of condemnation culminating in last Thursday’s resignation by Defense Secretary James Mattis. The Mattis resignation letter focused on the betrayal of allies, though it was inevitably light on details, suggesting that the Marine Corps General was having some difficulty in…

US Withdrawal From Syria Paves Way for Israeli Strikes
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US Withdrawal From Syria Paves Way for Israeli Strikes

The US suddenly and unexpectedly announced the withdrawal of US troops from Syria after years of illegally occupying the country. The US presence aimed at ousting the Syrian government, boosting militant groups the US and its partners have armed and backed since the 2011 conflict started, and denying Damascus access to its own resources, particularly…

European Powers Condemn Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria
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European Powers Condemn Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria announced by US President Donald Trump and the subsequent resignation of his defence secretary, James Mattis, have provoked a fierce response from European leaders. After the initial shock, the European ruling elites reacted overwhelmingly with calls for a more independent European foreign and defence policy. In Germany, in…